The club was founded on Sunday 30 July 1899 when Tarbert and Ballylongford began their great rivalry that was to extend well into the twentieth century. Tarbert has a long and proud record in under age competitions which are recorded in great detail in a book which was compiled by Tarbert Bord Na nÓg. This publication which is entitled Tarbert G.A.A. A Century of the Red and Black. Won 2010 North Kerry Championship in an epic replay against Listowel Emmets. Winning by only one point with a goal coming in added time in extra time.